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Obama on His Grandmother’s Passing

Sen. Barack Obama briefly discussed his grandmother while calling voters during a campaign stop Monday night, but he did not mention that she died.

From the pool report: “Obama made calls to voters on cellphones. On his fifth call, as he was tossing a tiny red and blue football into the air, he referenced his grandmother in passing. But not her death.”

According to rough notes from the pool reporter, Obama discussed health care in the conversation with the voter, noting that Medicare and Social Security are important for caring for the elderly. “My grandmother was able to stay in a home all the way until recently,” he said, according to the notes, explaining the value of home health care. The rough notes continued:

Not only does it end up saving money for the state but (inaud) it’s a lot better for people like yourself and my grandmother. (inaud) who don’t want to feel constraints.

On Monday afternoon, the campaign also released an official statement regarding the death of Obama’s grandmother, which is listed below.

Barack Obama and Maya Soetoro-Ng on the Death of Their Grandmother

“It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances. She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.

“Our family wants to thank all of those who sent flowers, cards, well-wishes, and prayers during this difficult time. It brought our grandmother and us great comfort. Our grandmother was a private woman, and we will respect her wish for a small private ceremony to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to any worthy organization in search of a cure for cancer.”

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